Brandborg Vineyard & Winery 2012 Oregon Riesling, Elkton, $16

By on July 3, 2014

John Bradley, left, and Terry Brandborg toast the first commercial bottling of wine — Riesling harvested in 2012 — from the newly established Elkton American Viticultural Area. Brandborg used Bradley Vineyard fruit for the historic wine.

John Bradley, left, and Terry Brandborg toast the first commercial bottling of wine — Riesling harvested in 2012 — from the newly established Elkton American Viticultural Area. Brandborg used Bradley Vineyard fruit for the historic wine. (Photo courtesy of the Bradley family)

Terry Brandborg and the late John Bradley collaborated on this historic production — the first bottling to carry the Elkton American Viticultural Area on the label. Bradley Vineyard berries helped create aromas of ripe apple and pear, jasmine, lavender and a whiff of diesel. Freshly cut Granny Smith apple slices and tangy Thompson Seedless flavors validate its “dry” listing on the International Riesling Foundation scale as the zippy and savory finish brings together lemony acidity and lingering slate notes. Click here to learn more about the life of Bradley, who passed away suddenly earlier in 2014.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 550 cases

Alcohol: 11.8%

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